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Nashville, TN, United States
I am a mom to amazing twin girls, a wife, and I work full time. I battled infertility for 2 years and over the course of treatments, a twin pregnancy, and raising twins I managed to gain about 80 lbs. I’ve lost about 50 lbs so far and would like to lose another 50 in my quest to become a hot mama.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Anatomy Scan and other updates

Sorry...I've been a shitty blogger lately.  My job is running me ragged and I just don’t seem to have the time or energy to do anything these days.   So I apologize.  Now to play catch up…

Anatomy Scan
We had our anatomy scan on Friday.  Besides the fact that this appointment kept us at the office for 4 hours (mind you the actual scan only took an hour), everything went well.
Baby A is head down right against my cervix on my left side.  It has all 10 fingers and 10 toes.  All vital organs are looking good.  Baby B is also head down on my right side…just a little higher up than baby A.  Both babies were measuring right around 1 pound each. Apparenlty neither baby would cooperate-so much so that the u/s tech asked if she could have the rights to spank them when they came out.  She asked us if we wanted to know what we were having and we told her no.  So she advised that we look away while she scanned the legs and did the sex determination.  She did ask if we wanted to know if anything was wrong…there wasn’t…so at least we know they aren’t hermaphrodites. It didn’t seem to take her long at all to determine the sex…which kind of makes me think they are boys.

Anyways, due to the lack of cooperation, she was not able to get all of the necessary measurements so we have to come back in 4 weeks to complete the anatomy scan.  We really only got a good profile pic of baby A, but just knowing they are healthy is enough for me. She also did a transvaginal to measure my cervix.  It went from 3.1 at my last scan to 3.8 this time.  That is apparently a GREAT measurement for this stage in the game. 

Then we met with the doc.  Fundal height puts me measuring at 28 weeks (which explains why I feel huge and my skin is staging a mass revolt in which fabulous purple stretch marks are claiming their territory across the bottom of my belly.  Yay.  I knew genetically I was screwed when I found out I was pregnant.  Everyone is my family has stretch marks. The doctor seemed quite pleased with my cervical measurements.  He said if we continue at this rate, barring no complications, it looks like we will be scheduling our c-section at 38 weeks! That puts us at September 23.  The later in September the better…because selfishly, I don’t want to go back to work before Christmas and I am taking 16 weeks maternity leave. So that is 114 more days…but who is counting: )

Here are the few pics we got from the anatomy scan (with and without captions):


I have made some lee-way on the nursery.  I have ordered the second crib which should arrive sometime in August-September.  I was really hoping to have it sooner, but DH assured me that getting it then would be just fine considering how much money we saved (We ordered it through Amazon and saved on shipping and taxes!). So I agreed. 

I finally finished the curtains in the nursery.  As soon as I take some pics, I’ll be sure to share them.  They are really an embarrassing show of seamstress-ship…but they are done, and babies don’t know that my sewing sucks.

I also picked up a bunch of cute bins to put under the changing table to organize thinks like the changing table covers, diaper genie refills, diapers, wipes, etc.

And on that note….DH and I have slowly been stocking up on Pampers diapers (because we’ve heard this is the best brand for wee ones).  Well after doing an assessment, I realized that we have 3 cases of the Pampers with Dri-weave…which in case you haven’t heard , these diapers have apparently  been causing chemical burns on babies.  That’s what we get for trying to be smart and buy ahead.  So now I have to try to return 3 cases of diapers.  Fun.

Back to the nursery-the cute “ABC” wooden decorative letters are hung and the super cute DJ bird art that we got at our last baby shower is hung.  Dare I say it-it is actually starting to look like a nursery and less like baby items have thrown up in there.

Holy crap….these are some active babies!!!!  I felt the first movement from the outside this past Thursday.  Every time I tried to get DH to feel it, they stopped.  Figures.  But finally…he felt baby B kick Monday morning while we were laying in bed.  They have gone from barely moving, to moving my entire belly almost overnight.  It’s crazy.  I love it though!  So relaxing and reassuring.

Ok…I think that about sums it up!


  1. It's so fun not to find out genders! I did it with my first and it kept things really exciting!

  2. Wow - you have been busy! I love that everything is looking well with the babies - and I admire your resolve in waiting to find out the sex. I will definitely not be waiting, but of course, I can't stand not knowing secrets...

    Can't wait to see the nursery pictures!

  3. Don't you love that uncooperative babies score you another u/s? Our best pic's so far came from that 2nd u/s.

    We did some more work on the nursery this weekend as well - it's so much fun to see the transition from scattered mess to organized layout!

  4. Wow, you've been busy!!! The babies are adorable, you got some nice shots. Don't dismiss their quick gender assessment as being boys, they knew we had a girl immediately too so who knows what's happening in there!!! So exciting!
    Great news about your cervix (really never in my life did I think I'd ever write that sentance! Blog world cracks me up sometimes)...and you must feel so good about the projected c-section date.
    Can't wait to see nursery pics!

  5. So glad that everything is going so well!! Can't wait to see pics of the nursery!

  6. I'm going to have to say that Tracey is right- my u/s tech could tell immediately on my baby too which made us think it was a boy (and maybe it is). But she explained that it is really easy for them to tell either way if they get a good shot. Boy parts are no easier to see than girls at this point.

    Glad you're doing well and your cervix is nice and long! Hopefully you'll carry to 38 weeks with no problems.

  7. Sounds like things are coming together! :)

  8. Wonderful news! Looking forward to nursery pics! :)

  9. I am so so happy all is going so well with you sweetie and that the twins are doing great! Great news on the nursery too cannot wait to see pics of how it's looking!! So you bake amazing cakes, make curtains for your babies' nursery.. are you super woman?!? :)))))

  10. Congratulations Emily! What an exciting time for you and your husband! My name is Kara and I work for Pampers. I'm a new mom myself and couldn't resist posting a comment here. My son was born in early October, so I can totally relate to wanting to remain off through the holidays. :) I came back to work just after the first of the year, so it worked out perfectly!

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    Here's a link to some additional information on Dry Max from our website, in case you're interested: http://www.pampers.com/en_US/dry-max-faqs. If you have any additional questions, feel free to call us at 1-877-256-3265. Thanks for allowing me to post here.